A fairly recent fashion in home furnishing was the ‘club’ look, with polished wooden floors and brown leather furniture, the boxier and more beaten up looking the better. This was a really great look, but rather an expensive one to achieve and so now that it is not quite so cutting edge, not everyone can afford to change it. There is no need to try and alter all of the furnishings in a room which has this very masculine aspect. Some large rugs or throws will soon give it a different feel altogether and without your having to spend very much money at all.
Bright colours mix with each other really well, as long as they are crisp and clean and not muddy mixtures. A rainbow effect with different coloured cushions along the back of a Chesterfield settee would not only cheer up the palette but also make it much more squashy and comfy, changing the club look and feel with one fairly minor purchase. Throws also change the look, but it is very important when covering leather furniture to make sure that the throws are big enough to tuck in, because otherwise you will be constantly sliding about and won’t be comfortable sitting and relaxing. Small spots of colour are often more effective anyway, so throws should be used with caution.
Primary colour accent rugs give a real lift to a room with literally no other changes necessary. They direct the eye in a totally new direction and will make everyone think that the place has had a major makeover. They make a wooden floored room much cosier right from the start and also oddly quieter, as they absorb sound not just from footsteps but from voices, music and television as well. All clear colours go well with brown furniture, but if you go for slightly more muted shades, check first that they won’t make the brown look muddy; blues, greens and peacocks look especially wonderful with brown.